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Toni Morrison's eleven novels give her a place as one of the major American novelists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her books of non-fiction—speeches and essays on social and literary topics— give her an equally high place among American thinkers. She showed her versatility in less predictable genres: songs, theatrical works, and children's works in collaboration with her son Slade. Her themes have been summarized as "the position of black people in US society; the damage men do to women; the sustaining bonds between women; the power of memory and the impact of the past on the present; the corruption of innocence; redemption." Bibliographic Citation link. In 1993 Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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18 February 1931 TM was born as Chloe Anthony Wofford in the small steel town of Lorain, Ohio, USA, second of four children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1970 TM published her first novel, The Bluest Eye. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-1987 TM published perhaps her most famous novel of all, Beloved, a historical work about the enslaved protagonist's relationship with her daughter, whom she kills to effect her escape from slavery. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 August 2019 TM died in Montefiore Medical Center, New York, of complications from pneumonia. Literary people worldwide responded with an outpouring of grief and appreciation. Bibliographic Citation link.
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